dealsuniversal car opening lock out kit for $14.99…

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Also comes with the free pamphlet, "10 things to say to a police officer to convince them that the car you're breaking into belongs to you."

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Just make sure to keep the ENTIRE KIT in your pocket at all times, because it's not going to do you any good in the trunk...

Or you could just keep your keys with you at all times... :-P

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Get your very own grand theft auto kit! (hot wiring lessons sold separately.)

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Cheaper than buying a car...

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yeah not sure this would be legal everywhere. roadside assistance would be easier. and less embarrassing.

but if the guy in the picture would have been wearing a ski mask I would have spit a little.

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All kidding aside, buy two, one for your trunk and one for your brother (or friend or whatever) so that if one of you is locked out the other can come help. Roadside assistance is dandy if you don't mind waiting an hour for them to show up. At the very least this will give you something to do until they show up.

If you are a parent, you want a number of these stashed wherever you normally go. I never accidentally locked a kid in the car but I know a lot of people who have. Former mother in law locked herself out of a car while my daughter was still in it.

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Actually not locking yourself out of your car is the better option.

Perhaps if you can't do that you shouldn't be driving?

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I could see where this would be a nice thing to have around if only to ease your own worries...but I've honestly never locked myself out of the car. Car's off? Take the keys out of the ignition. Car's on? Roll down the window or turn it off before you get out.

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@avg1joe: Better yet, exchange spare keys with someone whom you trust.

As an anecdote, I work in private security. An employee at a client site sought my assistance in opening his vehicle which he'd locked his keys in. We happened to have a slim jim (no idea whenst it came, nor ever been trained to use it) But knew enough to warn him that late model vehicles have theft deterrent devices which prevent the use of such tools.

The employee so warned, opted to try it anyway. I refused to insert the tool into the door myself, but watched as he had done so. It did engage with the locking mechanism, but we couldn't actually unlock the vehicle. Yet neither of us were able to remove the slim jim from the door frame. So he waited an hour for his wife to arrive with a spare key, and likely paid to have the door disassembled to remove the tool. He never cared to follow-up with me on that, and I never saw the slim jim again. Fine with me!

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Have a valet key made and hide the key using a magnetic holder. Even if a thief found the key they can't steal the car because it won't start.

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Got one a while back , the instructions are very minimal - as in not likely to get you in, that said most 'pop a lock' services use plastic wedges like these to create a gap at the window seal to allow any of a number of 'wonder tools' to either pull up on the lock
or hit the power lock button. This kit is an OK value at $15.00.

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@curvatura99:
"Have a valet key made and hide the key using a magnetic holder. Even if a thief found the key they can't steal the car because it won't start."

What good is a key that you give to a valet if the key won't let the valet start the car? You have it backwards. A valet key will allow a valet to start and drive the vehicle but will not open locking compartments such as the glove box, etc.

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Have a spare key made and stick it in your wallet. Mine won't start the car but it will open the door. It's come in handy several times.

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Yes, I typically have three copies of my car keys with me at any given time but you run into people who have locked themselves out of their car a few times each year and a coat hanger or a kit like this gives you a way of helping if they don't have a spare key or AAA.

I had a slim jim as a teenager. My best friend kept locking himself out. He lost his grip on the slim jim and dropped it into his door. I bought another, he locked himself out, lost his grip on that one and dropped it into his door too. I stopped buying slim jims. Coat hangers are cheaper.

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@avg1joe: A different class of friends will also work.

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@avg1joe: I used to work at an hospital, and visitors were constantly locking themselves out of their cars. A coat hanger did the trick every time (this was in the 80s, when most cars still had the easy to grip car door lock knobs.)

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These are considered "burglarious tools" in Massachusetts and you can be arrested for having them in your possession.

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This don't work as good as they use to and quality cars less than 10 years old have other safety features. Still, I have one from the good old days and use to use it all the time when family members locked themselves out. The problem with a spare key is they are very expensive. Most cars have those fancy keys that cost near $80 dollars to replace, sometimes more.

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even if your car has a chipped key, you can get a "normal" key made that will (in most cases) still unlock the doors--especially if your chipped keys are inside!
I always have to argue with the locksmith that i know what i'm doing, that i know it won't start the car. This is the one you hide in a hide-a-key, or your wallet, or..? for ~$3, it pays for itself ten times over the first time you need it.

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@ultramutt: So you're saying the laser cut keys used on many cars these days can be cut by a standard locksmith for $3? I imagine you could have the dealership or manufacturer make a key without the chip, but it would still need to be cut properly.

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Wow. Poor Peyton Manning...loses the Super Bowl and has to resort to breaking into cars. That is him in the picture, right?